Asus RT-N66U router review: Worth the wait

CNET editor Dong Ngo reviews the RT-N66U router from Asus and finds it one of the best N900 routers on the market, despite a few minor shortcomings.

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I waited for a while before reviewing Asus's latest RT-N66U Dark Knight Double 450Mbps N router, which is the successor of the award-winning RT-N56U.

And it was worth the wait.

The reason for the holdup was the router's initial versions of the firmware had a few known bugs. I tested it with the latest, version 3.0.0.3.108, and while I could still find some minor quirks, the router proved itself to be one of the best N900 routers on the market.

The Asus RT-N66U comes with three detachable antennae and a base for it to also work in the vertical position.
The Asus RT-N66U comes with three detachable antennae and a base for it to also work in the vertical position. Dong Ngo/CNET

The RT-N66U now support the latest 3 by 3 standards of the N specification and offers up to 450Mbps on both bands, simultaneously. It is especially excellent in the 5Ghz band in terms of data rate. Both bands, however, offered great range and very stable signals in my testing.

The router comes with two USB ports that can do a lot more than just hosting external hard drives or printers. You can also use a cellular USB dongle with them for backup or mobile Internet sharing. The router even includes a comprehensive PC-less download feature.

With the built-in Traffic Manger and QoS features, the RT-N66U is great for home users. It's also great for small businesses, however, thanks to the built-in VPN server that allows for up to 10 remote connections.

To find out more about how the router performs, its features, as well as some rather unusual shortcomings, check out the full review of the Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight Double 450Mbps N router

About the author

CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews networking and storage products, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

 

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